Tuesday, May 13

Maiden The Shade Returns To Ninkasi's Special Release Series

EUGENE, Ore.—May 8, 2014—Nothing marks the return of summer like the release of Maiden the Shade from Ninkasi Brewing Company’s Special Release Series. Officially released for the first time in 2009, this summer-style India Pale Ale has quickly become a summer favorite at the brewery and for those who worship the return of warmer months and outdoor adventures.

“This beer is for summer festival fun and, more specifically, in celebration of the Oregon Country Fair held just outside of Eugene,” explains Jamie Floyd, founding brewer and co-founder of Ninkasi, discussing a festival that inspired the creation of Maiden the Shade. “It’s about enjoying summer with friends and family with a special, hoppy treat made just for the occasion.”

This year, Maiden the Shade fans can look forward to a bigger, bolder hop profile. “We bumped up the front hop perception and aroma this year to give it even more delicious flavor,” says Floyd. Brewed with eight different hop varieties, this beer has an even bigger, more flavorful hop profile that is as delicious as much as it is smooth.

North American Organic Brewers Festival celebrates 10th year of drinking organic, saving the planet

Eco-conscience beer festival will serve up more than 50 organic beers and ciders with very little waste

PORTLAND, ORE – More than 15,000 beer lovers, music fans and supporters of sustainable living will come together at the North American Organic Brewers Festival (NAOBF) the last weekend of June to “Drink Organic, Save the Planet, One Beer at a Time.” The 10th annual event will take place June 26 through June 29 at Overlook Park in North Portland. Event hours are Noon to 9pm Thursday through Saturday and Noon to 5pm Sunday.

Admission into the event is free. The purchase of a $6 reusable, compostable cornstarch cup is required for tasting beer, as are tokens, which sell for $1 apiece. A full cup of beer or cider costs four tokens and a four-ounce taste costs one token; select beers cost extra tokens.
 
Designed to raise awareness about organic beer and sustainable living, the NAOBF typically serves up more than 50 organic beers and ciders from nearly 40 different breweries. Most of the breweries brew an organic beer specifically for the event. Styles run the gamut from goldens to porters, with a bit of everything in-between. There's also live local music, organic food and sustainability-oriented vendors and non-profits. The NAOBF is a family friendly event, and minors are welcome with parents. The Chipotle Kids’ Zone will offer free activity books, grow pots and Chipotle kids’ meal cards, plus face painting and a root beer garden with complimentary Crater Lake Root Beer for minors and designated drivers.